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Virginia Lee Burton's "The Little House"
5:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Teaching Stewardship with a Children's Classic

Environmental ethics...it’s the balance between nature and human interaction, and it can be a weighty topic.

The Roanoke City School system is among those divisions starting the discussion early, getting 2nd graders to think about natural resources. They’re doing it with the help of a book, written back in 1942.

The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, tells the story of a house built on the top of a hill, far out in the country. Eventually, Walt Disney turned Burton’s story into an animated short film.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Garden Week in Virginia

Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), Vase with Carnations, summer 1886.
Credit Collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,

It’s Garden Week in Virginia, with visitors invited to stop by more than 250 gardens, homes and historic landmarks, but something surprising is happening in Richmond. 

About 30,000 people have opted to go inside– to check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ show of floral paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Renoir and other 19th century masters. 

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Health & Medicine
11:13 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Full Voice: Physical Therapy for Vocal Health

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For many people, working out is a way of life.  They’re determined to keep their bodies in shape, but those same people might never give a thought to their voices.  That’s why the University of Virginia hosted a workshop on the subject.

For professional singers like Erin Lunsford the voice pays the bills. However, it’s not just the rock stars and opera singers who need to take care of their voices. Teachers, lawyers, doctors – almost of all of us -- need our voices to work.

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Community Hopping
7:22 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Hardywood Brewery Looks to Community Hopping

Hardywood Brewers Ken Rayher and Justin Anderson

Craft brewers in Virginia say they’re having some trouble finding enough of one key ingredient, so a brewery in Richmond is turning to its customers for help.  Ken Rayher at Hardywood Brewery says the shortage can be traced to more small producers in the market and to older stocks of the so-called Noble hops.

“Kind of the original five varieties that mostly originate in Germany of the Czech Republic. Some of those being older varieties are disease or wilt susceptible.”

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Arts & Culture
7:12 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Conservationist, Activist Jane Goodall Speaks at Hollins University

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Jane Goodall is known around the world for her work with chimpanzees, redefining the relationship between humans and the natural world. The conservationist and animal rights advocate spoke at Hollins University this week to a large, inspiration-seeking audience. 

Hours before Jane Goodall prepared to speak at Hollins University, hordes of people lined up to hear her lecture.

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